An abridged version of the bestselling textbook on what archaeologists do and how they do it.
This new volume has all the authority of Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn's groundbreaking guide to all aspects of archaeology, but it has been carefully rewritten to provide a readable and compact introduction to archaeology for those new to the field. No other book of this length can match its range of essential information and explanation.
Long-established techniques are carefully explained as well as exciting new methods as the authors describe the ways in which archaeologists seek to explain and interpret the remote past of humankind.
Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)
Meet the Author
Paul Bahn is a world-renowned archaeological writer and an authority on rock art and the archaeology of Easter Island. He has published widely, both in the scholarly literature and in more popular books and articles on archaeology.
Colin Renfrew is the emeritus Disney Professor of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. He is one of the best-known and most influential contemporary archaeologists. He is especially well-known for his research on the ancient Aegean, his campaigns against looting and to preserve the world’s archaeological heritage, and his interests in archaeological theory and science. His contribution to archaeology has been recognized through seven prizes, including the Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal and the Latsis Prize of the European Science Foundation (both 2003) and the Balzan Prize (2004).
Introduction: The nature and aims of archaeology 8
The Searchers: The history of archaeology 12
What is Left?: The variety of the evidence 36
Where?: Survey and excavation of sites and features 58
When?: Dating methods and chronology 96
How Were Societies Organized?: Social archaeology 130
What Was the Environment? What Did They Eat?: Environment, subsistence, and diet 162
How Were Artifacts Made, Used, and Distributed?: Technology, trade, and exchange 194
What Did They Think? What Were They Like?: Cognitive archaeology and the archaeology of people 218
Why Did Things Change?: Explanation in archaeology 246
Whose Past?: Archaeology and the public 268
Illustration Credits 296